Children evacuated after bus catches fire on way to school

Children had to be evacuated from their school bus when it caught fire.

Firefighters managed to put out the blaze, which left the 30-seater bus as a charred shell during Friday morning’s school run.

Another six vehicles and a small part of several surrounding properties on Wilton Way in Hackney, east London, were also damaged.

A Hackney Council spokesman said: “This morning a fire broke out on a school bus in Hackney.

“The cause of the fire is yet to be determined.

“All the children were evacuated with no injuries and a replacement bus was organised to deliver them to school.”

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The burnt-out remains of a 30-seater bus that was damaged by fire (Eleanor Cunningham/PA)

London Fire Brigade (LFB) took 42 emergency 999 calls alerting them to the bus fire.

They were called at 8.13am and the fire was brought under control by 9.20am.

The LFB said: “A 30-seater bus was damaged by fire.

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A 30-seater bus, six other vehicles and surrounding properties were damaged in the fire on Wilton Way in Hackney (Eleanor Cunningham/PA)

“Six other vehicles and a small part of several surrounding properties were also damaged by the blaze.

“All passengers had left the vehicle before the brigade arrived.

“There have been no reports of injuries.”